Wakamono

4.6
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93 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic

Wakamono serves authentic Japanese dishes. Enjoy the casual environment of the dining area and the variety of specialty bento boxes, ramen and sushi. It also offers the convenient facility of ordering online in addition to eating in. The food at Wakamono is inspired by its owner Mr. Kai Togami's travels throughout the decades after his fishing village was destroyed by a tsunami in 1963.

The menu offers both hot and cold starters, which include dishes like seared tuna with wasabi butter and steamed sea bass with black bean. One of the popular appetizers is the salmon tartare with avocado, crispy shallots, soy and lime. Wakamono also serves five types of ramen dishes, including vegan options. Try a range of bento, sushi and maki platters for a fulfilling main course. This restaurant offers specialty cocktails, sake and other libations to pair with meals.

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J
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came here in hopes of finding a new dependable sushi restaurant in the area and ended up having a wonderful meal. Great decor and setting. Definitely a date hot-spot. The sushi came out pretty fast and was definitely fresh. A new fav!

BG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, ok food. Not exceptional, too much sauce in the rolls and ok (not amazing) fish quality.

K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I live in the neighborhood and frequent Wakamono often. Love the ambiance and the Happy Hour specials. I miss the small soybean dish with sesame seeds. This was a staple for Wakamono, and separated them from all the other sushi places. BRING IT BACK. I know some people don't like it and the servers have to throw them away, but just add to your menu and say "upon request." Belle was very accomodating and friendly and very helpful. The sushi was fresh and tasty. Do not get rid of any more small touches (cucumber slices in water, hot towel for hands, etc.). Will always be a my go to place for sushi.

BM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wakamono is, hands down, one of the best restaurants in Lakeview. The sushi is great, the appetizers are incredible, and the drinks are strong and tasty.

ER
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

We really like the sushi chefs here but the waitresses are terrible. They act very stuck up and they are very difficult to understand. They also marked me as a no-show for my reservation when we were definitely there.

KS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had a watermelon martini that was very good, fresh watermelon, not just flavored vodka. The sushi here is always excellent.

L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great place to celebrate a special occasion. Amazing cocktails and great rolls!

PJ
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Based on this experience I would not recommend it. I have been here a number of times and that is why I returned with friends, but the service and the quality of the rolls fell short.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love eating here. They never disappoint. Service was great and we had an enjoyable evening. Only thing missing (it's been a wile since we've been here since moving to Oak Park a few years ago) was the naked bathroom art in the bar. We will be back!

b
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great green tea martini! Sushi is always delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Table by door is disrupting and cold

D
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful & delicious selections & attentive service - nice atmosphere - thank you

AH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We've loved Wakamono for over 15 years but haven't been recently because we're busy parents. Just went last Saturday night. Same as we remember, except the food was even better! Wonderful ambiance.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was great! Very cute place and great sushi.

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

2nd time at Wakamono. Had a nice time, shared 3 sushi rolls and enjoyed myself.

SR
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and good. This was my first time there. I’ll definately be back.

LS
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My problem with this place is that I arrived on time for a reservation I made through this website, and we were seated 34 minutes late, which made the whole experience less than joyful. It seemed to be the norm, and nobody seemed either worried or apologetic about it.
The food is good, but quite overpriced. Frankly, I am not sure I will return to this restaurant after this experience.

JJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We have dined here several times and always enjoy Wakamono - particularly the Sushi! I only mark it down 1 star due to inconsistent service. The table service and attention to the customer varies significantly on each visit and there does not seem to be a single server assigned to each table.

With that said, this is the place where my wife learned to enjoy Sushi! I'm a picky Sushi eater and find the quality here to be excellent. She loves the 3 Headed Godzilla Roll and also enjoyed the Mexican roll while I think the Otoro, Sake and Unagi are excellent.

A
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and great service. One of our favorite places in Chicago. Their happy hour is great - $5 crafted cocktails!

G
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great place for sushi amd next door cocktail bar, across from equally fun Ping Pong for chinese.

t
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

I've been coming here every month or two since Wakamono opened and it had usually been a pretty darned good sushi place, centrally located, nicely designed room, with tasty sushi.

Over the last year or so, the quality of the food and the presentation has been moving consistently lower, to the point where we couldn't finish our meal last Saturday night – the fish and the roe were very clearly not fresh tasting; the presentation, below bargain basement.

I hope that this restaurant can pull itself out of the nosedive it is so clearly in and can regain my trust and business.

KG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and ambiance! Would definitely go back again.

KP
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The place is amazing and the food was delicious. The servers were really nice :)

LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Fresh and tasty sushi. Good service. Nothing to complain about :-)

JW
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Delicious cocktails and we will go back to hang in the beautiful bar area

AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

really great sushi, smallish place, the bar makes great drinks too.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

amazing food amazing service

PR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love the Happy Hour menu - great deal and excellent choices.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

I had family in from out of town and we wait 45 minutes for our table. The host was nice and kept us updated but what’s the point of making a reservation?!

KS
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the touch of hot towels for your hands before the meal! Very fast service, always attentive. Sushi was great.

k
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious sushi and a great atmosphere.

J
Chicago
172 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful hot appetizers. The sea bass was the best. Loved the special scallop roll and everything we tried was
Fresh and delicious. Great service too.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious sushi, great service and reasonably priced!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The sushi was great as always!

PJ
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This was our second time to this place. We went with two friends who loved the food as much as we did. The wine list is limited but he sushi is very good. Seating is uncomfortable. Service is good but not great.

f
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

There was a hair in the first course handed to us. The server didn’t act like it was a big deal and did nothing for us regarding this issue. Still grossed out by this.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service as always.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrating the ten year anniversary of a date at Wakamono :) great service and food, just like we remembered it! We live in Hawaii now so we haven’t been back in ten years. It was perfect!

KK
Detroit
66 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice cozy space and great food - sushi and cooked.

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Good service, fast, accommodating with kids. Everything was tasty but the vegan broth used for Ramen could have more depth of flavor. Overall, nice atmosphere. We will be back.

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